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India, more than 900 sea turtles killed by illegal fishing
The animals become entangled in trawling fishing nets. The discovery was made on a beach in Andhra Pradesh. The olive ridley turtle lives in the Indian Ocean and reaches the coast to spawn.
23/10/2009 MYANMAR – CHINA
Illegal trade in precious wood between Myanmar and China continues
Chinese companies are still getting precious woods from Myanmar despite a ban on logging and exports agreed by the two governments. The Asian giant’s hunger for raw materials drives this trade. One of the most important forested areas in the world in terms of biodiversity is now at risk.
Jakarta cracks down on illegal fishing by sinking 41 foreign vessels
Ships from China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines are now at the bottom of the sea. With Indonesian President Widodo taking a hard-line position, tensions in the South China Sea could worsen. Now, a deal on disputed maritime borders seems unlikely.
Jakarta sinks three Vietnamese fishing boats caught in its territorial waters
President Jokowi orders the Navy to "shoot and sink" illegal fishing boats, after taking crews into custody. His goal is to defend the local fishing industry and stop the loss of billions of dollars in revenue. Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia protest.
EU pressure on illegal fishing threatens more than 8,000 Thai fishing boats
New Thai government regulations imposed under EU pressure uncover thousands of illegal vessels. Thailand has a week left to get the boats to comply or risk an EU import ban. Fishing employs 300,000 people. Thousands now could lose their job.
Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing
The European Union has threatened to suspend fish imports from Southeast Asia unless Thailand does not move against banned fishing practices. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha met the Indonesian president to discuss a common strategy against illegal fishing. Thai admiral says, “We shall do it.”
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